SmartInstruments is one of the team’s new projects, dedicated to the design of hybrid acoustic/electronic musical instruments. These instruments are based on high quality acoustic instruments, made in collaboration with instrument makers (Maurice Dupont’s guitar, Selmer’s bass clarinet, etc.), and embedded electro-acoustic components: sensors, actuators, & electronic board. That way, the acoustic instrument becomes its own amplification system, and radiates a mix of its acoustical sound and digital/analogic treatments.
You will find the scientific publications related to this project here.
This project follows on from IMAREV project, supported by ANR.
SmartGuitar, model 1
Thibaut Meurisse, guitar
SmartGuitar, model 2
- Giani Caserotto, SmartGuitar + pedals (No loudspeaker of course!)
Improvisation with the new SmartGuitar, made in collaboration with Maurice Dupont.
- Closed Loop, R. HP Platz, Düsseldorf, February 2014.
Caroline Delume, guitar
Augustin Muller, computer music design
- Alain Billard, clarinet
Augustin Muller et Gilbert Nouno, computer music design
- Jeanne Maisonhaute (PhD student in the team) playing Juan Arroyo’s Smaqra 1B with the hybrid cello designed in collaboration with the luthier Lucas Balay
- We have succeeded in controlling the resonances of the cello body thanks to modal active control.
Example where the well-known wolf tone phenomenon dissapears during the 1 sec. of control:
Arthur Givois, cello
SmartMute for trombone
When using a straight mute with their trombone, musicians always have this specific problem: certain low notes become impossible to play! Thanks to a feedback loop between embedded microphone and loudspeaker, we have solved this problem:
Listen to this musical sequence with a normal mute. As you can hear, the Bb and A notes are not playable. Now listen to the same sequence, but this time with the SmartMute. The Bb and A are now well played, and the lowest notes have a nice bright sound! (played by Benny Sluchin)
• In the press
rue89 : Six nouveaux instruments pour rêver avec les oreilles
Le mouv : Les Smart Instruments sonnent le gong